Comrades Marathon

Nights
from 5
Date
June 9, 2024
  • Ultramarathon

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The world’s most famous ultramarathon was established in 1921 as a live memorial to the fallen soldiers from South Africa in World War I. Every South Africa distance runner aspires to capture the coveted finisher’s medal by completing the course under the strict limit of 12 hours.  Marathon Tours & Travel is proud to be the exclusive International Tour Operator working directly with the organizing committee.

The approximately 89K runs from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the even numbered years and from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in the odd numbered years.  The 2024 race is an “Up Run” starting in Durban and finishing in Pietermaritzburg. This years race is confirmed with a route distance of 85.91km, making this the shortest route distance in Comrades history.

South Africa is one of the world’s great travel destinations, with multi-cultural heritage and outstanding natural attractions. We will be offering post-race options that will provide authentic South African experiences.

If you reside in UK/Europe please contact our UK office.

If you reside in Australia please contact our Australian office.

Don’t miss out on your 2025 Comrades Marathon with Marathon Tours & Travel! Register your interest HERE and be one of the first to receive notice on dates and package information when they are announced.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfasts and dinners as per itinerary

Guide

Guide

Guidance & support from our team with group activities; stretch sessions, shake-out runs

Transfers

Transfers

Return Durban airport & race day transfers

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Several extension options available including the Big Five Marathon

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation in perfectly located hotels

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed Entry Available

Excursions

Excursions

Comrades Course Tour, half-day Durban sightseeing tour with expo visit

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Access to recovery boots and/or massages pre and post race

Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events

Trusted by the race organizers as their exclusive Official International Tour Operator

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

The smallest but coolest medal ever!

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Comrades Marathon COMBO Durban & Pietermaritzburg Package/5 Nights/June 6 - 11, 2024

      Thursday, June 6
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      On arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport (DUR) you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, which is approximately a 45-minute drive. The rest of the day is at your leisure.  Check-in is after 2:00pm. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel and begin to explore your surroundings. The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool and areas to relax and enjoy the sea views. Later today, we invite you to join your Marathon Tours & Travel team for an optional shake-out run.  It will acquaint you with the local area and help stretch your legs after your long day of travel.

      Friday, June 7
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      After breakfast, depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a half-day sightseeing tour of Durban and the beachfront area. Tentative stops include the Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the Football World in 2010, the tranquil Durban Botanic Gardens, and the bustling Victoria Street Market, known for its fragrant spices and souvenirs. The tour is designed for a full experience of Durban, in comfort, without much walking. The tour will finish at the Comrades Marathon Expo. Lunch can be purchases at the Expo, after which we invite you to spend as much or as little time before your leisure non-guided walk back to the hotel (approx. 20 minutes). This evening, please join us for a Welcome Reception that will take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel or a venue close by.  (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Saturday, June 8
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      This morning we recommend you join the North Beach Park Run, a free organized community run that starts about 1 KM from our hotel and navigates a scenic, flat 5 KM loop along the beachfront. After breakfast, join us at 9:30 AM for our private Comrades Marathon Course Tour. The coach will include stops at Comrades House Museum in Pietermaritzburg, the Wall of Honour and Arthurs Seat; and gives runners valuable race insight as you preview the route you will run on Sunday. In the afternoon, your MTT Team will lead a stretch session prior to us gathering for the pre-race dinner at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel or a restaurant nearby. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, June 9
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      Race Day! The day you have been training for is finally here!  Grab & Go breakfast will be available to runners. Starting at 4:00 AM our private transport will shuttle runners to the starting area in Durban, which is a 10-minute ride. The race finishes in Pietermaritzburg, where you will spend the night. (MTT will transport your overnight bag to the hotel). Upon finishing, please meet your MTT Hosts at a designated location by the finish line. Once at the hotel (approximately 5 miles from the finish line), the rest of the day is at your leisure to rest and recover. Spectators can choose to book an additional service to spectate along the route; travel with the MTT Hosts at 8:00 AM to Pietermaritzburg to meet your runner at the finish line and stay overnight; or stay in Durban and enjoy the day/evening on your own. (Breakfast included)

      Monday, June 10
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      After breakfast, we will travel the one hour back to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban. Join us at 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM with Bruce Fordyce, Comrades legend and nine times winner.  Expect live entertainment, a spectacular buffet lunch, sea views and the camaraderie of your other runners and travelers. Included is a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. A cash bar is available for additional purchases. (Breakfast and lunch buffet included)

      Tuesday, June 11
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      Today we say goodbye, unless you are joining us on the extension. Check-out is 11:00 AM.  Your airport transfer (approx. a 45-minute drive) to Durban King Shaka Airport is included. Departure times will be shared on-site and will coincide with your given flight itinerary. Safe travels and we hope you enjoyed your Comrades Experience! (Breakfast included)

      Itinerary subject to change.

      Itinerary subject to change.

    • Comrades Marathon DURBAN Only/5 Nights/June 6-11, 2024

      Thursday, June 6
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      On arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport (DUR) you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, which is approximately a 45-minute drive. The rest of the day is at your leisure.  Check-in is after 2:00pm. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel and begin to explore your surroundings. The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool and areas to relax and enjoy the sea views. Later today, we invite you to join your Marathon Tours & Travel team for an optional shake-out run.  It will acquaint you with the local area and help stretch your legs after your long day of travel.

      Friday, June 7
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      After breakfast, depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a half-day sightseeing tour of Durban and the beachfront area. Tentative stops include the Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the Football World in 2010, the tranquil Durban Botanic Gardens, and the bustling Victoria Street Market, known for its fragrant spices and souvenirs. The tour is designed for a full experience of Durban, in comfort, without much walking. The tour will finish at the Comrades Marathon Expo. Lunch can be purchases at the Expo, after which we invite you to spend as much or as little time before your leisure non-guided walk back to the hotel (approx. 20 minutes). This evening, please join us for a Welcome Reception that will take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel or a venue close by.  (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Saturday, June 8
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      This morning we recommend you join the North Beach Park Run, a free organized community run that starts about 1 KM from our hotel and navigates a scenic, flat 5 KM loop along the beachfront. After breakfast, join us at 9:30 AM for our private Comrades Marathon Course Tour. The coach will include stops at Comrades House Museum in Pietermaritzburg, the Wall of Honour and Arthurs Seat; and gives runners valuable race insight as you preview the route you will run on Sunday. In the afternoon, your MTT Team will lead a stretch session prior to us gathering for the pre-race dinner at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel or a restaurant nearby. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, June 9
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      Race Day! The day you have been training for is finally here! Grab & Go Breakfast will be available. Starting from 4:00 AM our private transport will shuttle runners to the starting area in Durban. This a 10-minute journey with guidance from our team to ensure you arrive in your starting corral in good time and without travel stress. The Comrades Marathon finishes in Pietermaritzburg. After finishing the race, meet Marathon Tours & Travel team at the designated location (TBD), we will look after you until you leave. Your transfer back to Durban will take approximately 2 hours, take this time to rest and hydrate. Durban is approx. 48 miles (77km) distance from the finish at Scottsville Racecourse, so if you prefer a shorter transfer post race then please book our COMBO package instead. We understand how tired you will feel after a long time on your feet, meals can be purchased at one of the restaurants or take the opportunity to order meals for delivery! Relax, you deserve it. We understand that family and friends that are not running want to also share the excitement. We can suggest a service (at additional cost) that takes people to spectate on the route. (Breakfast included)

      Monday, June 10
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      Enjoy a leisure breakfast and morning on your own. Join us at 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM with Bruce Fordyce, Comrades legend and nine times winner.  Expect live entertainment, a spectacular buffet lunch, sea views and the camaraderie of your other runners and travelers. Included is a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. A cash bar is available for additional purchases. (Breakfast and lunch buffet included)

      Tuesday, June 11
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      Today we say goodbye, unless you are joining us on the extension. Check-out is 11:00 AM.  Your airport transfer (approx. a 45-minute drive) to Durban King Shaka Airport is included. Departure times will be shared on-site and will coincide with your given flight itinerary. Safe travels and we hope you enjoyed your Comrades Experience! (Breakfast included)

      Itinerary subject to change.

  • Extensions

    • 2024 Extensions

      Extensions for post-Comrades Marathon 2024 include a three-night safari experience at Thanda Game Reserve, a three-night extension to Pretoria and Victoria Falls, or a seven-night package on the luxurious Rovos Rail that includes both Pretoria and Victoria Falls. Another option, if you are feeling up to the challenge is joining us on our Big Five Marathon package, which takes place on June 15, 2024.  Following are destination descriptions with the itineraries below.

      Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife game reserve, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14 000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Game Reserve Lodge.

      The cosmopolitan city of Pretoria, also known as ‘Tshwane’, is situated in the province of Gauteng and functions as one of three capitals of South Africa. Pretoria has been dubbed ‘The Jacaranda City’, owing to the annual bloom of magnificent purple blossom trees that adorn the wide avenues of the city. Discover several historic monuments, fine government buildings, and fascinating museums, and explore several interesting cultural sites. The Transvaal Museum is a natural history museum showcasing an ancient dinosaur fossil found at the nearby Cradle of Humankind; the Pretoria Botanical Gardens offers visitors a glimpse of different biomes, and the Voortrekker Monument is a famous National Heritage Site. Don’t miss the nearby Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary as well as the beautiful Wonderboom and Groenkloof Nature Reserves.

      Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfalls, Victoria Falls measures an impressive 1708 meters in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the many attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer. The surrounding area provides a wide range of adrenalin-filled activities for adventure lovers. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including scenic flights, micro lighting, white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and once-in-a-lifetime expeditions into the incredible Chobe National Park.

      Rovos Rail offers 11 exceptional train journeys throughout Southern Africa, and we include the 1400km 4 nights Pretoria to Victoria Falls journey in this trip. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. The beautifully rebuilt trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. The Rovos Rail train departs from Pretoria and travels north through South Africa, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and Limpopo River towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe. During the trip you will see various places of interest and enjoy game drives before arriving to great splendor at Victoria Falls Hotel. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.

    • Thanda Private Game Reserve/3 Nights/June 11-14, 2024

      Tuesday, June 11
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      After breakfast, we will depart from the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The group transfer will be an approximately 3-and-a-half hour drive along the Indian Ocean. After arriving to your suite or experiential non electrified / solar powered luxury tent, you will depart for your first game drive (approx. 4:00 PM) in four-wheel Land Rovers. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best time to look for the Big Five. With 14,000 hectares to explore and led by experts of the African bush, you’ll see an incredible range of animals, including cheetahs, hyaenas, giraffes, warthogs and abundant bird and plant life. (Lunch and dinner included)

      Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13
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      Today is an early morning wake-up (6:00 AM) with coffee available before departing for your morning game drive.  This is a great time to view many animals visiting the water holes and/or predators hunting for its day food.  We will return around 9:00 AM for breakfast and spend the balance of the day relaxing, going on bush walks, and/or enjoying optional activities that you can book on site.  We will head out for our last game drive at 4:00 PM and return for dinner.  (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Friday, June 14
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      We recommend flying from local Richards Bay Airport (2 hour drive) or King Shaka International Airport (3 hour drive) in Durban so that you can connect with your international flight home. After breakfast, we will depart Thanda Safari Lodge for the group transfer to Durban King Shaka International Airport. We expect to arrive between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Please keep his in mind when booking your flights. If the group transfer does not suit your plans or should you need a transfer to Richards Bay Airport, we can arrange a private transfer. Please contact us for the additional cost. (Breakfast included)

      NOTES: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel staff based on a minimum number of sales.  Thanda Private Game Reserve will look after you and MTT staff are available by phone if sales do not reach a minimum number.  Please refer to last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.  Families with children are welcome, however some restrictions apply, depending on child age.

    • PRETORIA & VICTORIA FALLS/3 Nights/June 11-14, 2024

      Tuesday, June 11
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      After an early breakfast, we will depart from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban King Shaka Airport. After arriving you will check in and board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your vehicle for a tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, also known as Jacaranda City. Interesting sites visited on the tour are the Voortrekker Museum, Kruger House, Church Square, Unions Buildings and passing by the President’s office. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants before we continue to Court Classique Suite Hotel. After room check in you can relax and freshen up before meeting for dinner. (Lunch and Dinner included)

      Wednesday, June 12
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      After breakfast, we will depart from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Johannesburg Airport (journey time approx. 40 minutes). After arriving you will check in and board your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel (journey time approx. 20 minutes). At 3:45 PM we invite you to enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset Cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. Dinner for own arrangements. (Breakfast and Sundowner Cruise included)

      Thursday, June 13
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      After breakfast, this morning enjoy a Guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is nature’s supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. The Victoria Falls, now in its 150 millionth year, reaches its zenith in about May each year. En-route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Accompanied through the rainforest by one of the qualified guides who will give a brief history of the falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. (Breakfast included)

      Friday, June 14
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      We recommend flying from Victoria Falls Airport so that you can connect with your international flight home. Please follow standard check out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer who can assist you with transport to the airport (journey time approx. 20 minutes). (Breakfast included)

      NOTES: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel staff based on a minimum number of sales.  A local guide will look after you at key times and MTT staff are available by phone if sales do not reach a minimum number.  Please refer to last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.  Families with children are welcome.

    • Pretoria, Victoria Falls with Rovos Rail/7 Nights/June 11-18, 2024

      Tuesday, June 11
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      After an early breakfast, we will depart from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban King Shaka Airport. After arriving you will check in and board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your vehicle for a tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, also known as Jacaranda City. Interesting sites visited on the tour are the Voortrekker Museum, Kruger House, Church Square, Unions Buildings and passing by the President’s office. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants before we continue to Court Classique Suite Hotel. After room check in you can relax and freshen up before meeting for dinner. (Lunch and Dinner included)

      Wednesday, June 12
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      After breakfast, please follow standard check out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer. 8:30 AM – Depart the hotel for Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle of Humankind, one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng, is renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand, and is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind area boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognized as national heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Lunch to be enjoyed at a local restaurant, before being transferred to Rovos Rail Station to be in time for the onward journey. 6:00 PM – Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. You may wish to freshen up in your suite before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Travel through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela) – so named for its mineral waters – and Nylstroom (Modimolle), christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. Pass the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously. 8:00 PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars enroute to Polokwane. Dress: Formal. Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks (excluding champagne) included)

      Thursday, June 13
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      7:00 AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn enroute to Louis Trichardt. 1:00 PM – Lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with South Africa. 4:30 PM – Tea in the lounge and observation cars. The train crosses the Limpopo River en route to Beitbridge for border formalities with Zimbabwe. In Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the ‘Elephant’s Child’ departs his family for the “great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.” 7:30 PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars enroute to Gwanda. Dress: Formal (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks (excluding champagne) included)

      Friday, June 14
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      6:00 AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:00. The train travels baobab country and ascends to Bulawayo: second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. 12:00 PM – Lunch is served in the dining cars. 1:30 PM – Transfer (±45 min) to Matobo National Park to see bushmen caves, rock art and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. 6:00 PM – Depart for Sawmills. 7:30 PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks (excluding champagne) included)

      Saturday, June 15
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      7:00 AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of Hwange Park. 1:00 PM – Lunch is served in the dining cars. 3:00 PM – Enjoy a game drive in Hwange National Park, the nation’s largest wildlife area at 1,462,000 hectares. 7:30 PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Thompsons Junction. Dress: Formal. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks (excluding champagne) included)

      Sunday June 16
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      Please ensure your luggage is ready for collection 15 minutes before departing and that you have your passport. 7:00 AM – Breakfast until 09:30. The observation car will be leading the train – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. 10:00 AM – Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will be met off the train and assisted to the hotel. 3:45 PM – Enjoy a Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset Cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. Dinner for own arrangements. (Breakfast and Sundowner Cruise included)

      Monday, June 17
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       After breakfast, this morning enjoy a Guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is nature’s supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. The Victoria Falls, now in its 150 millionth year, reaches its zenith in about May each year. En-route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Accompanied through the Rainforest by one of the qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. (Breakfast included)

      Tuesday, June 18
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      We recommend flying from Victoria Falls Airport so that you can connect with your international flight home. Please follow standard check out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer who can assist you with transport to the airport (journey time approx. 20 minutes). (Breakfast included)

       

      NOTES: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel staff based on a minimum number of sales. A local guide will look after at key times and MTT staff are available by phone if sales do not reach a minimum number.  Please refer to last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.  Families with children are welcome.

      Itineraries are subject to change.

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  • Packages & Rates

    • Comrades Marathon COMBO Tour | Five-Night Package: June 6 – 11

      Features:

      • Four nights’ accommodation at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani
      • One night at StayEasy Hotel Pietermaritzburg (June 9)
      • All hotel taxes
      • Breakfast daily at the hotel
      • Roundtrip airport transfers
      • Shake-out run and stretch session
      • Welcome Reception with dinner and drinks
      • Half-day sightseeing tour of Durban with expo visit
      • Private Comrades Course Tour
      • Pre-race dinner
      • Race day transfer to the start
      • Transfer from race finish to hotel in Pietermaritzburg
      • Transfer from Pietermaritzburg to Durban
      • After party hosted by ‘The Comrades King” Mr. Bruce Fordyce
      • Marathon Tours & Travel staff on-site

      Comrades Marathon DURBAN ONLY Tour | Five-Night Package: June 6 – 11

      Features:

      • Five nights’ accommodation at the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani
      • All hotel taxes
      • Breakfast daily at the hotel
      • Roundtrip airport transfers
      • Transfer to the Race Start and from the Race Finish back to Durban
      • Shake-out run and stretch session
      • Welcome Reception with dinner and drinks
      • Half-day sightseeing tour of Durban with expo visit
      • Private Comrades Course Tour
      • Pre-race dinner
      • Transfer from hotel to race start (1.2 miles)
      • Transfer from race finish to hotel (48 miles)
      • After party hosted by ‘The Comrades King” Mr. Bruce Fordyce
      • Marathon Tours & Travel staff on-site
      Not Included:
      • International Roundtrip Airfare to/from South Africa
      • Comrades Race Entry Fee (additional $290 per entry)
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • Optional Activities
      • Meals, unless noted on Itinerary
      • Gratuities and Tips
      • Visa (if applicable)

      EXTENSIONS
      Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel staff based on a minimum number of sales. If sales do not reach a minimum number, the extension(s) will be unguided.

      Thanda Safari Extension | Three-Night Package: June 11 – 14, 2024

      Features:

      • Three (3) nights’ accommodations at the Thanda Safari Lodge
      • Transportation from the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel in Durban to Thanda Safari Lodge by coach.
      • Three (3) meals per day and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers) except on departure day.
      • Two (2) game drives per day with professional guide and tracker.
      • Mini bar and Wi-Fi in public areas.
      • Bush walks with specialist walking guides (Lodge guests only).
      • Tips for guides, drivers and general staff.
      • Conservation Levy.

      Pretoria & Victoria Falls | Three-Night Package: June 11 – 14, 2024

      Features:

      • One night accommodation at Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria
      • Two nights’ accommodations at Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Transfer from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban Airport
      • Economy class flight from Durban to Johannesburg
      • Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Court Classique Suite Hotel via tour of Pretoria
      • Breakfast daily
      • Lunch and Dinner in Pretoria
      • Transfer from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Johannesburg Airport
      • Economy class flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, including river usage fees
      • Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe side), including park fees
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport
      • Taxes and VAT (15%)

      Pretoria & Victoria Falls with Rovos Rail  | Three Night Package: June 11 – 14, 2024

      Features:

      • One night accommodation at Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria
      • Four nights accommodation on the Rovos Rail
      • Two nights’ accommodations at Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Transfer from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban Airport
      • Economy class flight from Durban to Johannesburg
      • Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Court Classique Suite Hotel via tour of Pretoria
      • Transfer from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Rovos Train Station via Cradle of Humankind
      • Breakfast daily
      • Lunch and Dinner in Pretoria
      • All meals and drinks on Rovos Rail (excluding champagne)
      • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, including river usage fees
      • Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe side), including park fees
      • Excursions on Rovos Rail as mentioned in itinerary
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Taxes and VAT (15%)

      Airfare: In order to coordinate airport transfers, please consult with Marathon Tours & Travel prior to booking your international airline tickets.

      IMPORTANT: For the Comrades Package and Thanda Safari Extension you need to arrive and depart from King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Airport Code: DUR.

      Important Travel Notes (per U.S. regulations): Airline ticket names need to match your passport exactly.  All passports need to have a blank page for visa space as well as a validity date of six months from the date your trip departs.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

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      Rates (all prices are per person in US dollars)

      PackageDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      COMBO - Standard Room$1225 per person$1635
      COMBO - Superior Room (Durban only)$1270 per person$1720
      DURBAN Only - Standard Room$1130 per person$1470
      DURBAN Only - SUperior ROom$1220 per person$1610
      Race Entry
      Guaranteed Comrades Marathon Entry$290 per entry
      Post-Race Extensions
      PackageDouble OccupancySinge Occupancy
      Thandra Safari Lodge - Tent$1415 per person$1795
      Thandra Safari Lodge - Suite$2190 per person$2770
      Pretoria & Victoria Falls - Standard Classic$1760 per person$2345
      Pretoria & Victoria Falls - Standard Stable$2005 per person$2840
      Pretoria, Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail - Standard/Pullman/Stable$4295 per person$6440
      Pretoria, Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail - Standard/Deluxe/Premium$5945 per person$9065
  • Hotels

    • Durban, South Africa
      Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

      This spectacular landmark hotel is undoubtedly the brightest star on the Golden Mile.  With its panoramic vistas, this 734 roomed beachfront hotel has something for everyone including luxurious presidential suites, penthouses with private patios, executive rooms and family rooms.

      Pietermaritzburg
      StayEasy Pietermaritzburg (COMBO Package Only)

      Situated in Pietermaritzburg and neighboring the Liberty Midlands Mall, the StayEasy Pietermaritzburg hotel is comfortable and better than its 3 star classification. The hotel’s bedrooms are comfortable and well-appointed with all the essentials such as a modern en-suite bathroom with shower, as well as air-conditioning, complimentary uncapped Wi-Fi, a work desk, television with selection of DSTV channels, and other home comforts. Rooms have 1 double sized bed (sold as single or double occupancy). Twin rooms have 2 single beds.

      Thanda Safari | Thanda Safari Lodge

      Enjoy a five-star safari lodge in the heart of the Elephant Coast in Umkhanyakude District Municipality. Choose between a suite or experiential non-electrified/solar powered luxury tent!

      Pretoria
      Court Classique Suite Hotel

      Nestled in the upmarket diplomatic suburb of Arcadia in Pretoria, Court Classique Suite Hotel is an ideal option for both business and leisure travelers looking for a comfortable and convenient accommodation option. The hotel offers a selection of suites, all of which feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi access. During their stay, guests can enjoy delicious meals and refreshing drinks at the on-site restaurant. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site spa, and conference rooms. The hotel is an ideal base from which guests can explore the surrounding attractions. Standard studios with either 1 queen sized bed or 2 single beds (twin) are included in our package. Studios rooms feature a kitchenette, TV, in room safe, and bathroom. If you wish to upgrade the room to either a 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom suite, please contact us for availability and more details.

      Victoria Falls
      Victoria Falls Hotel

      The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World. It is one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible from this luxurious landmark.

      Rovos Rail

      Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the classic wood-paneled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. The beautifully rebuilt trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration. Pullman Suites accommodate one or two passengers and have an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. During the day, the suites have a comfortable sofa-seat with a conversion to double or twin beds (side-by-side or upper and lower bunks) for the evening. A dedicated host is available at all times and services the suites daily. The Pullmans do not have a bar fridge. Deluxe Suites accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds and have their own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. A dedicated host is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: June 9, 2024

      Race Start Time: 05:30AM

      Race Finish Time: 05:30PM

      The Course: 2024 will be an Up Run that will start in Durban, outside the City Hall at 05:30am to the sounds of Chariots of Fire, the famous cock crow and the National Anthem. Its a long day at the office for many but the experience is second to none. Finish as a hero before cut off at 5.30pm in Pietermaritzburg.

      Temperature: Conditions are usually perfect for fast times with expected temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees. Humidity is low. The start is mild, throughout the day gets warmer and late finishes can see much cooler temperatures as the sun goes down in Pietermaritzburg.

      Time Limits & Cut Offs: The race will have batch wave starts and be timed “mat-to-mat”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website

      Qualification Requirement: All entrants are required to meet the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria. Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected. Generally speaking you need to have completed a standard marathon in a time of sub 4 hours 50 minutes and between the preceding September and May. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website.

      Qualifying Table:  A qualifying race must be completed between September 1, 2023 and May 2, 2024 and the details submitted to the organizers. Please see table below.

      Minimum Age: 20 years old

      Entry Fee: Guaranteed entry is available as an additional cost when booked with our package. Entry only is not available.

      Number Pickup: You must collect your (2) Comrades Marathon Bonitas race numbers, FREE runner’s t-shirt and Goodie Bag from the venue you have indicated on your entry form. Should you have placed an order for a ChampionChip with your entry form, the chip will be in your race number pack and can ONLY be collected from the registration venue you have indicated. The ChampionChip ordered with the entry form will NOT be issued before registration dates. Should you wish to use your chip for qualifying races before the Comrades Marathon, please contact ChampionChip directly. These items will not be posted to you.

      It is important to note the following when collecting your race number package:

      • All runners MUST produce their ChampionChip when collecting their race number
      • All runners MUST provide proof of identity to collect their race number pack e.g. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License – along with your race entry confirmation.
      • NO race numbers will be issued on race day

      Difficulty: Challenging! Ultra-marathon with strict time limit.

      For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website.

      Distance of RaceQualifying Table
      42.2 KM4:49:59
      48-50 KM5:49:59
      52-54 KM6:24:59
      56 KM6:44:59
      60 KM7:19:59
      64 KM7:54:59
      68 KM8:29:59
      80 KM10:24:59
      89 KM11:59:59
      100 KM13:29:59
  • Registration & Booking

    • Rates: Land prices may change due to currency fluctuations or changes in the tax.

      Reservations and Payments: A completed tour application together with a deposit of $500 per person must be received before confirming your reservations. Final payment must be received by February 15, 2024.

      Cancellations and Amendments: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended.  Airlines tickets are non-refundable once ticketed. All cancellations and amendments must be received in writing.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. Race entry fee is additional.

      Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants.  However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      Security Policy:  Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package.  If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.

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  • Testimonials

    • "The entire trip..." - 2023

      The entire trip was beyond expectations!

      "The Comrades Marathon trip..." -2023

      The Comrades Marathon trip was an unforgettable experience because the race is simply the best race and an inspiration to all.

      "The race was incredible." - 2023

      The race was incredible. Coming back next year!

      "I really enjoyed..." - 2023

      I really enjoyed running the Comrades Marathon. While certainly challenging, you feel on top of the world after completing the Ultimate Human Race.

      "Thank you..." - 2023

      Thank you to the Marathon Tours & Travel team for a wonderful Comrades Marathon experience. I had an amazing time and can’t wait until next year’s tour and race.

      "I loved this trip..." - 2022

      I loved this trip. I think the staff did an amazing job keeping us informed and getting us where we needed to be!

      "I loved the camaraderie..." - 2022

      I loved the camaraderie, the run and the ease of travel!

      !The Comrades Marathon is an incredibly challenging race... " - 2022

      The Comrades Marathon is an incredibly challenging race and an unforgettable experience, unlike any other major road race.

      "Excellent experience, beautiful destination..." - 2022

      Excellent experience, beautiful destination in the world including Cape Town, Durban, Shamwari, and Victoria Falls. Take advantage of all to see, well worth it all.

      "Well organized..." - 2019

      Well organized, safe and experienced staff.

      "The Comrades Marathon is an extremely well organized..." - 2019

      The Comrades Marathon is an extremely well organized and challenging event that every runner must experience.

      "The Comrades Marathon is a top notch event..." - 2018

      The Comrades Marathon is a top notch event in a beautiful part of South Africa that every serious runner should do at least once.

      "An amazing, life-changing experience..." - 2018

      Knowing the Marathon Tours and Travel had all the details covered, I could immerse myself fully in the warmth and hospitality of the South African people who made my stay and my race an amazing, life-changing experience.

      "The Comrades Marathon is an incredibly challenging..." - 2018

      The Comrades Marathon is an incredibly challenging but rewarding event. When you finish you are on top of the world.

      "An incredible running adventure..." - 2017

      An incredible running adventure in a beautiful country.

      "The Kruger extension was one of the best experiences we've had!" - 2017

      The Kruger extension was one of the best experiences we’ve had! Everything was excellent. We would highly recommend it to anybody doing Comrades or going to South Africa. Thanks!!!

      "Cape Town and the Commodore Hotel was very nice..." - 2014

      Cape Town and the Commodore Hotel was very nice. The staff was pleasant and the location excellent as it was only blocks to the V & A Waterfront, the shops and restaurants. I was able to walk there by myself in the dark, something I couldn’t do in Durban. The tour company was excellent and early for the pickups at the hotel. The full day tour of the Cape was excellent and well worth it, even though we had a lot of distance to travel. It was a good way to see the suburbs of Cape Town. I would recommend it.

      "The Comrades Marathon is a very special race..." - 2014

      The Comrades Marathon is a very special race in a beautiful part of South Africa. I also really enjoyed the Kruger extension. Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience.

      "I've run harder and more scenic races, but..." - 2014

      I’ve run harder and more scenic races, but none that had as much wonderful camaraderie among the runners.

      "Totally AMAZING..." - 2012

      Totally AMAZING. The best vacation that I have EVER gone on in my life. Thanda game reserve was top notch. Facility was amazing. The people at the reserve we beyond comparison. Something new everyday. Everything was accessible to folks who had just “smoked” their legs the previous day. My wife and I are considering a return trip to South Africa for the Safari, maybe an up Comrades! Pickup at hotel was right on time and a great discussion during the drive about the history of the region and the Zulu people.

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Meet the Reps

Marcie Clawson

Trip Designer | Cycling Product Manager

Marcie Clawson

Trip Designer | Cycling Product Manager

Born and raised in Canada, Marcie discovered the magic of road cycling in grade six after earning a 10-speed bike selling oranges for her school fundraiser. Although active in soccer, basketball and rowing during her school years, she admits that physical activity took a backseat to a career in design.

While raising her kids in New England, she rekindled her love of cycling in 2016 and, as a personal challenge, added running and swimming in 2018 to compete in her first 70.3 Triathlon in Prague, CZ to celebrate her 50th birthday. Since then, she has completed two full and five half distance triathlons; and a number of gravel and CX races. Her love of travel and cycling has spurred her to ride her bike more than 24,000 miles in the last six years including multi-day adventures across Czech Republic and three different states. She has circumvented Lake Champlain and conquered mountains in Austria, Canada and the US on two wheels.

Though competitive in nature and fueled by the excitement of a new venue, Marcie found that her greatest joy in racing Triathlon came from the challenge of planning for the unexpected and getting to know people along the course, hearing their stories and motivations and finding out their “WHY”.

A self-admitted “Jack of all trades”, Marcie comes to MTT with work experiences as both a bicycle mechanic and a producer of custom cycling endurance apparel. Marcie currently manages running packages to Big Five, Petra, Iceland Volcano, Polar Circle, Midnight Marathon, Lost City, First Light, Queenstown, Great Wall, and our very own Patagonia Running Festival. She is excited be a part of your journey and to help you to achieve your “WHY”.